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Rail Investment
at Work Across State

by Janie Har
The Oregonian, July 18, 2005

State money for the expansion of Teevin Terminal came from the 2003 Legislature, which approved a bill allotting $8 million in lottery bonds for rail investment throughout Oregon.

The Oregon Transportation Commission approved a dozen grants last summer for projects in all corners of Oregon, including Lakeview, La Grande, White City and Portland.

The Port of Coos Bay, for example, received $1.7 million to upgrade and extend tracks.

Other grantees included Treasure Valley Renewable Resources in Ontario, which received $910,000 for tracks to serve a new bio-refinery plant, and Ed Staub & Sons Petroleum in Redmond, which got $81,500 to build tracks and a turnout to serve a propane distribution facility.

The total $8 million investment is expected to create about 100 jobs, retain nearly 200 existing jobs and add more than 25,000 rail carloads a year, said Kelly Taylor, ODOT's rail administrator.

This year, Kulongoski has pushed a bill to invest about $100 million to upgrade and expand the state's rail, marine and air needs -- in short, to replicate Teevin's multimodal vision. That proposal passed the Senate, but is sitting in a House committee.

Janie Har
Rail Investment at Work Across State
The Oregonian, July 18, 2005

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